megapixel heaven

Kathy surprised me with a new present a few days ago. It’s a Nikon D70 digital camera. She’s known for a long time that I wanted one, and with my recent raise at work, she felt that I deserved something special. This camera is so far beyond anything I ever expected to own that I’m… Continue reading megapixel heaven

noo yeers

It’s nearly midnight on New Years Eve, Mountain Standard Time. Tomorrow, we all venture into a new year. Things are pretty good for me right now. I have a good job, and some additional opportunities on the horizon. Kathy’s brother (my brother-in-law) is exchanging vows in the afternoon tomorrow — with his wife. They were… Continue reading noo yeers

christmas quest

This christmas, we did something a little different for the kids. We told them prior to the big day that they would not have any presents under the tree, and there would be nothing in their stockings. They didn’t actually believe that we would do it, but we did. Sitting on top of their stockings… Continue reading christmas quest

wp upgrade woes – 1.22

I upgraded to WordPress 1.22 just a few minutes ago. I am now back to the default stylesheet, and will work on modifying it when I can. I had one problem after the upgrade. I could not edit my links. I fixed the problem myself. Here’s a patch. I finally did find an official WordPress… Continue reading wp upgrade woes – 1.22

visited states volume one

Here’s the states that I have visited. There are actually a few more, but I am not counting the ones that I went through on my bus trip to Ohio.

how much pick me up?

As a regular consumer of Dr. Pepper, I was intrigued when I stumbled across this list of drinks and their caffeine levels. It’s interesting that a Diet Coke has more than a regular Coca-Cola Classic, but those in India won’t be surprised. There, the Classic has NO caffeine at all, but the Diet variety does.

dvd backup

I have had enormous trouble with optical drives on my main Windows system. The CD burner that came with it died for unknown reasons. I bought a new DVD burner that did everything except dual layer, and either Ben (my 3 year old) or one of the other small kids who happened to be in… Continue reading dvd backup

blog upgrade frenzy

Now that Nat has upgraded to version 1.2.1, version 1.2.2 has now come out. I will be upgrading my blog from 1.2.1 to 1.2.2 in the near future. When I do, I will be temporarily going back to the default WordPress stylesheet. I will be attempting to distill Nat’s stylesheet to its essence, so that… Continue reading blog upgrade frenzy

boot visualization

Yesterday slashdot had an article about a project to visualize the GNU/Linux boot process. For no reason other than satisfying my inner geek, I rebooted this server and obtained my own visualization. Read on for gory details.

almost the same

English is a cornucopia of homonyms. You can find the oddest ways to say almost anything, and generate misunderstanding because there’s another word that sounds exactly the same. Some friends that I chat with every day were trading links as usual, and this video clip surfaced. This is a very funny clip of Ken Jennings… Continue reading almost the same

cancelling aol

AOL is the spawn of the devil. I believe everyone knows someone who has had an AOL account and had enormous trouble getting the account cancelled when it is no longer needed. I just saw an installment of “Get Gephardt” where he helped someone cancel an AOL account after 18 months of continued credit card… Continue reading cancelling aol

lower lights madness

I am sometimes asked why I have taken on the burden of running a system for the Lower Lights community. The answer to that question is mostly “because I can,” but there is a lot of nostalgia involved too. The friendships I forged on Lower Lights hastened the breakdown of my first marriage and helped… Continue reading lower lights madness

new blog name

Nat gave me an idea for my blogname — express the idea of “my thoughts” in Latin. Although much of it has turned to mush, I did take five years of Latin in high school. Drawing on the remnants in my head and access to an Internet dictionary, I came up with “mens mea” as… Continue reading new blog name

and so it begins

Inspired by my friend Nat’s blog and a recent post on it, I have taken a few minutes and installed some blogging software on my site. We’ll see whether I actually take the time to keep on top of it. I’ve had a livejournal for a while now, but rarely ever updated it. I’ll be… Continue reading and so it begins